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Eads Elected New IFC President

President, Two Other Candidates Ran Unopposed For Positions

By Angeline Wang

Last Wednesday, Daniel S. Eads ’08 and Sotirios D. Karanikas ’08 were elected president and vice president of the InterFraternity Council, respectively. Eads, along with the rest of the new executive board, will be faced with several key issues, including improving relations with the Boston city police and continuing to work with the Panhellenic Association on fall recruitment.

Others elected were E. Darryl Walton ’09 as Judicial Committee chair, Riley R. Schutt ’08 as risk manager, Christopher A. Fematt ’08 as recruitment chair, Robert L. Warden ’09 as program development chair, and Hanzel D. Corella ’09 as executive assistant. Eads, Walton, and Warden ran unopposed for their positions.

President-elect Eads said that his primary focus for the year is to “improve interfraternity and community relationships.” Eads credited the outgoing committee with initiating and developing external relations within MIT and the local community and said that he hopes to continue working with the administration, the Undergraduate Association, Panhel, dormitory housemasters, alumni, and city officials, among others.

Eads also wants to improve the involvement of member houses, by getting younger members involved in IFC positions earlier and by opening discussions with individual houses to receive input and keep the houses informed about what the IFC wants to accomplish. “Hopefully this will give each house a vested interest in the IFC,” Eads said.

BPD-fraternity relations on agenda

Tense relations with the Boston Police Department is one of the issues that has faced the IFC over the past few years. While steps have been taken to reach out to the city police, Isaac J. Tetzloff ’07, 2006 IFC president, said that “the relationship is still shaky and can still be improved upon.”

According to Eads, Back Bay Police Chief William Evans recently attended an IFC President’s Council meeting, where current IFC policies were discussed and a question and answer session was held. “He was very responsive and said he liked what we were doing,” Eads said.

A few Boston-side fraternities have recently been concerned over police inspections of their houses that have taken place during parties, Eads said. In response, the administration has met with the Boston Licensing Board chairman to discuss current IFC policies and what the board expects of the MIT fraternities.

Vice President-elect Karanikas said that it is important to “be on good terms with the police and make sure that they know what MIT fraternities are all about.” “It would be nice to invite city officials to IFC-sponsored events or dinners in the future so that they could get to learn more about MIT fraternities,” he added.

Fall recruitment for IFC, Panhel

Fematt, the newly elected recruitment chair whose position includes working closely with the various Orientation committees, said that one of his plans is to offer support to Panhel during their transition back to fall recruitment next year. He added that he may also support individual houses that gear events toward “garnering a positive relationship with the IFC’s houses and Panhel’s during recruitment.”

By working with Panhel and organizing joint events, the IFC can also work to improve the Greek image and increase exposure of the Greek community on campus, Eads said.

“Both Panhel and the IFC will be having fall recruitment next year,” he said. “I think it offers an excellent opportunity for us to get positive exposure for the Greek community.”

According to Tetzloff, 2006 was “one of the most successful system-wide rushes on record.” This year, 305 men pledged a fraternity, “a significant improvement upon recent years,” Tetzloff said. The IFC recruitment goal each fall is 300 pledges, but in the past few years, the IFC has been 50 short of the goal, Tetzloff said to The Tech last year.

To keep recruitment numbers high, Eads said that the IFC is considering the idea of “a formalized spring or a year-round recruitment strategy in addition to our fall rush week.” The importance of year round recruitment will continue to be stressed “in order to make sure MIT’s 27 fraternities continue to recruit and gain members in periods outside of rush,” Tetzloff said.

According to Director of Housing Karen A. Nilsson, in an interview regarding the reorganization of the Residential Life unit of the Division for Student Life, Boston-side FSILGs will discuss the possibility of moving to the Cambridge side of the Charles River.

“This is not a new idea to try to move fraternities to campus,” Eads said. “It has been discussed for many years, but not much has come of it.”

Corella, as the new executive assistant, said that his goals are to make a more interactive and up-to-date IFC Web site — possibly with a wiki, forums, or blogs — and make fraternities more aware of the funding available for them through the Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups Office. “There are funds out there for FSILGs that they don’t always take advantage of,” Corella said.

The new IFC executive committee will officially be sworn in next Wednesday, Dec. 13.